Solo (also known as Surakarta) lies across the fertile plain along Java’s Bengawan River. Flanked by mountain volcanoes Merapi and Merbabu in the north, and Mount Lawu in the south, Solo is the centre of Javanese culture and tradition. The home of royal residents the Kraton of Solo and the Mangkunegaran, majestic ceremonies and royal festivals are still held today with great affectation. Known to locals as the “city that never sleeps”, no matter what time it is you can always find something to eat or buy, as vendors of all kinds as well as food-stalls remain active and open 24 hours a day. Whether you’re shopping on the main street of Jl. Slamet Riyadi, or enjoying the charming gardens and theatres at Sriwedari Park, Solo is sure to win your heart.